Southern Africa: South Africa Flexing Its Muscles With Poor Neighbours
Inter Press Service (Johannesburg)
Servaas Van Den Bosch
21 September 2010
Cape Town — The beleaguered Southern African Customs Union (SACU) has to face up to serious challenges at its upcoming heads of state meeting in October, including the divergent interests of its member states and the lack of coordinated industrial policies in the union.
In Oct 2010 SACU heads of state will meet again to discuss progress on critical issues in the customs union, such as the raging debate on the revenue sharing formula that sees significant capital flows into the national budgets of the small states of Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS).
High-level intervention could assist in pushing through the structural changes that the customs union has embarked on. “One of the key challenges in SACU is lack of leadership on how it can be a platform for deeper regional integration,” stated Trudi Hartzenberg, director of the Trade Law Centre of Southern Africa (Tralac). The non-profit Tralac provides capacity-building support to governments.
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